Opening Reception July 27, 4-6PM | July 27 - September 22 | Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Artists learn and hone their craft in many ways, but perhaps no relationship is more instructive and lasting than one built with a mentor. Sharing a lifetime of knowledge with another artist—from favorite techniques and tools of the craft to inspiring self-criticism and deeper motivation—mentors can propel an artist forward, illuminate new creative territory and serve as a guide through periods of self-doubt.
For 40 years, Maine Media has fostered relationships between emerging and established artists through its intense and immersive courses, building bonds between teachers and students that have lasted decades and spanned the globe. Maintaining their relationships long after the lessons have ended, many of our students have gone on to become masters in their own right, and now pass on their knowledge to a new generation of emerging artists.
As part of the yearlong celebration marking our 40th anniversary, we are thrilled to announce the upcoming exhibition, Mentor: 40 Photographers, 40 Years, in partnership with the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. The exhibition will feature the work of some of Maine Media’s best-known master teachers alongside the work of their students, who continue the connection with Maine Media through teaching and mentoring.
Curated by Bruce Brown and Brenton Hamilton, Mentor will be on display from July 27 to September 22, 2013 at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art here in Rockport. We hope you will join us at the opening reception on July 27, or at the alumni reception on August 10 to celebrate the spirit of creative collaboration that is at the heart of everything we do here at Maine Media.
ALSO: FILMMAKERS ON MENTORSHIP | JULY 27, 2013 | 2:00-4:00 PM | ROCKPORT OPERA HOUSE
In creative fields there is a history of master-apprentice relationships that can arise in both formal and informal ways. For today's filmmakers, having another professional that can both challenge and assist with questions of craft, make introductions, and serve as a guide through difficult projects is as important as ever. Steven Fierberg, ASC, Mimi Edmunds, Tom Wilhite, and Joyce Maynard will lead a conversation about mentorship in filmmaking.
Steven Fierberg recently completed principal photography on George C. Wolfe’s You’re Not You, starring Hilary Swank as an ALS victim, Kevin Connolly’s Dear Eleanor, starring Jessica Alba and Luke Wilson, and Jason Moore’s Pulling, a pilot for ABC/Disney. Other work includes the pilots for ABC’s Once Upon a Time and HBO’s How to Make It in America as well as Sally Potter’s Rage starring Jude Law, Judi Dench and Steve Buscemi. He won a Latin Grammy for best video of the year for Robi Draco Rosa’s Mas y Mas, while his work on the epic mini-series Attila earned him the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.
Joyce Maynard has been a writer of both fiction and nonfiction for over forty years—having begun her career in her teens. Her essays and syndicated columns have been widely anthologized, and her best-selling At Home in the World, has been translated into eighteen languages. Her novels includeTo Die For and Labor Day, the movie adaptation of which is due out in summer, 2013 , as is her newest novel, After Her.
Tom Wilhite - President and Co-Founder, Hyperion Pictures | Tom Wilhite is President of Hyperion Pictures. Before co-founding Hyperion, he was head of motion picture and television production at The Walt Disney Studios and a former Executive Director of Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival.
Mimi Edmunds has been a broadcast journalist for 22 years, working for CBS's 60 Minutes for over a decade, and then the documentary divisions of CBS, the Discovery Network, and PBS. Several of her films have won awards for cinematography and production. She also wrote and produced for PBS's news magazine, Arizona Illustrated,from 1999 until 2002.